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The Moonstone


Published 1934
Topics Mystery


A valuable gem from India is stolen in an old dark mansion and it is up to Scotland Yard Inspector Cuff (Charles Irwin) to find out who did it among all the suspects who were in the house.


Run time 46 min.
Producer Paul Malvern
Production Company Monogram Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: billbarstad - - August 29, 2010
Subject: An Engaging And Fun Story
This is a nicely acted crime drama. I agree with accalaurie49 that the movie is too short. Much more could have been done with all the suspicion built in the first act. The story was too straightforward. Listen closely in the scene where Sir John is talking in his sleep.

After the electricity is lost because of the storm, candles are used to amazing effect to light the large study. Later, moonlight is equally amazing in lighting Ann's bedroom, until she begins to pretend to sleep.

I downloaded the 695MB AVI file. I removed the green tint to the video by turning off color in Quicktime. I found that the same can be done in VLC by bringing up the Extended Controls window and completely lowering the saturation control accessible under Image Adjust. Video quality was otherwise good. There are lost bits of dialog at the beginning or end of some scenes. That may be due to frames having been lost at the beginning or end of reels or is evidence of cutting. The audio had hiss throughout, but it didn't interfere with the dialog.
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - - August 28, 2010
Subject: Classics told in 45 minutes
A very condensed summary of the novel "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins with some changes. So: it is far from being an adequate adaptation but it is well worth watching. The whole cast is acting very well and it was fun to see David Manners again.

The only weak point of the movie is that it is far too short. In IMDb the runtime is listed as follows: 62 min | 46 min (DVD).

Seems as if we here get the version which was edited for DVD and at least 15 minutes of the original film are missing. I hope a complete version of the film exists somewhere and will find it´s way to the archive.
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